September 01, 2009 08:00 ET

GXS Executive, Pat. Salmonese, Appointed to GS1 GDSN Board of Directors

GXS' Addition to Board Demonstrates Leadership and Commitment to Easing Global Trade

GAITHERSBURG, MD--(Marketwire - September 1, 2009) - GXS, a leading provider of business-to-business e-commerce solutions, today announced that Pat. Salmonese, vice president of GXS Product Master Data Management (MDM), has been appointed to the GS1 Global Data Synchronization Network (GDSN®) Board of Directors. As the only B2B e-commerce and Product MDM vendor represented on the board, GXS not only will be influential in the advancement of the GDSN, but also will have more detailed insight into the requirements of participating companies.

With more than twenty years' experience in B2B e-commerce and Product MDM, Ms. Salmonese understands the challenges associated with data quality and synchronization and the specific barriers to their adoption. Ms. Salmonese advises companies around the world on Product MDM and how businesses can gain greater supply chain efficiency through participation in GDSN-certified global data pools. GXS supports data pools for 26 countries which provide a standardized and centralized location for the sharing of product data between buyers and suppliers.

"Pat.'s experience in B2B, supply chain management and data synchronization will provide additional expertise and insight to the GS1 GDSN Board of Directors," said Sally Herbert, president of GS1 GDSN. "As companies seek additional methods to increase supply chain efficiency during this economic recession, the GDSN is a viable and globally-available solution. We are eager to work more closely with Pat. to bring that message to companies around the world."

GXS has been an important contributor to GS1's mission of creating a standards-based platform for sharing product data. Non-standardized, manual methods for exchanging product information have led to greater costs and inefficiencies in the supply chain. The GDSN is open to suppliers and retailers of any industry, size or location. Participating trading partners always have the latest information in their systems, and any changes made to one company's database are automatically and immediately provided to all of the other companies that do business with them.

"GS1 GDSN standards are integral in improving business operations for the exchange of quality product information between trading partners," said Ms. Salmonese. "GXS plays a key role in ensuring the quality of participants' data in the GDSN, and by deploying data pools around the world has made the GDSN accessible to companies everywhere. This is just a start, however; I believe there is more we can do to increase the adoption of the GDSN and I am glad to be directly involved in the effort."

GXS Product MDM empowers organizations to manage global product information, from launch to sunset, within the enterprise and with trading partners. Product master data is consolidated and integrated throughout the enterprise in a secure and consistent manner, ensuring absolute data quality, regulatory compliance, cost savings and increased sales through greater business process efficiency and reduced time to market. GXS Product MDM enables recipients and suppliers to synchronize product information and conduct end-to-end collaborative e-commerce.

About GS1 GDSN®

GS1 GDSN (Global Data Synchronization Network) is an automated, standards-based global environment that enables secure and continuous data synchronization, allowing trading partners to have consistent item data in their systems at the same time. The GDSN network connects retailers and suppliers, via their selected data pools, to the GS1 Global Registry™.

About GXS

GXS is a leading global provider of B2B e-commerce solutions that simplify and enhance business process integration and collaboration among trading partners. Organizations worldwide, including more than 70 percent of the Fortune 500, leverage the on-demand services on GXS Trading Grid® to extend supply chain networks, optimize product launches, automate warehouse receiving, manage electronic payments and gain supply chain visibility. GXS Managed Services, GXS' B2B outsourcing solution, empowers customers with the expertise, technical infrastructure and program support to conduct B2B e-commerce with trading partners globally.

Based in Gaithersburg, Md., GXS has an extensive global network and has local offices in the Americas, Europe and Asia-Pacific regions. GXS can be found on the Web at, and

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